Marine Theft - Don't be a victim
2022-07-14 14:10 PDT
With the beautiful summer boating weather finally upon us, the Sunshine Coast RCMP wanted to provide a few reminders to try to keep your marine equipment safe...and/or returned to you in case of a theft.
- lock up any valuables and cover them to keep from prying eyes
- take the time to record your serial numbers
- take photos of your items
- its a great idea to engrave your drivers license number in a hidden spot as many outboards have the serial number located on a sticker on the housing which could be removed
- write your name and phone number on paddleboards, canoes, kayaks etc.
- keep a copy of your hull identification number (HIN) and the bill of sale
- note any unique marking, scratches and/or modifications
- if you are at a remote location try to have local neighbours check on your items periodically
- set up motion activated cameras or alarms connected to alert your cell phone
Prime target locations for thieves are marinas, sheds, seasonal properties and anchored boats with most thefts occurring in the late evening or early morning hours.
Due to the seasonal nature of boating, it makes it difficult for property owners to isolate a specific date and time of thefts if they have occurred.
Often the thieves will use a dinghy to access marinas and properties from the water. Serial numbers are removed from stolen motors and the stolen property may be stashed along the shoreline for pick up later.
Please also report any suspicious activity to the police and we hope you have a safe and happy boating season!
Cst. Karen WhitbyMedia Relations Officer
Sunshine Coast RCMP
5800 Teredo St. Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0
Website: sunshinecoast.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
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